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Postby Tyke » Thu 08 Aug, 2013 8:11 pm

I go bird watching down Woodlesford way and last year I found the remains of a very large fish (the scales were larger than a 50p piece) 15 foot from the rivers edge. Something large had taken it up the banking and I've heard local reports of otters so maybe they are migrating up river.
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Postby drapesy » Thu 08 Aug, 2013 8:56 pm

stutterdog wrote:
Leodian wrote:
Hi stutterdog. That is a great sighting and so close. I have read that otters have been seen in and by the River Wharfe in and near that area, so it might have been an otter. Some years back now I was walking on the footbridge over the Wharfe by Ox Close Wood (near East Keswick) when there was some flooding and the river was carrying an enormous flow. I saw an animal in the extremely fast flowing water and my first thought was that the poor thing had been drowned. I was then very surprised to see that it was alive and seemingly well and swimming across the flow (which must have took a lot of effort) and got to the side where I lost it, but it seemed likely it had got out. On checking I was almost certain it was an otter as that fitted very well what I saw. It was clearly used to water.

PS. I was once there at another flooded time when water was over a path by the river. Keeping well clear of the water I saw a poor wet bedraggled mole just at the waters edge, so I put it where I hope was safer ground above the flooded area. I've never handled a mole before nor since.

Hi Leodian, I've never seen an otter apart from on TV but I think otters are rather larger than the creature I saw. It was only about 9ins to a foot long and as I said very stoat-like in appearance.
I should mention I was appalled by the state of the river bank at that point. Some idiotic,selfish angler who had obviously spent the day fishing this spot previously had left a disgusting mess. There were at least 6 discarded empty larger tins along with plastic bags and other detritus! I thought anglers were responsible individuals who respected the environment,I know I am. How people can behave like this in such a beautiful area I do not know!

I,m not an angler myself - but I'm friends with several - and they are , I'm sure, responsible and thoughtful to the environment. Sadly there are always one or two idiots who spoil things for others.
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Postby raveydavey » Thu 08 Aug, 2013 9:43 pm

stutterdog wrote:
While we are on the subject of fish, I was fishing last week on the Wharfe at the Pool fishery. I made my way onto Castley Ln just over the bridge and motored down to just beyond where Castley Beck comes into the river. The river was quite swollen and I thought never mind,it's nice just to sit by the river. A disturbance in the river ,near my left foot caused me to jump a bit but I didn't see anything . A few seconds later a head popped out of the water 2 ft from my right foot! The creature emerged from the river completely ignoring me! It made it's way off to my right, on the bank. It was black or possibly dark brown. It looked like a stoat but I think it may have been a mink! Are there wild mink on the Wharfe?


Mink were released from a farm in Calderdale a good few years ago by animal rights activists, with the irony that they decimated the indigenous wildlife and spread far and wide, as there are few if any natural predators for them.

It's certainly possible that they may have made it to Wharfedale by now.
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Postby stutterdog » Thu 08 Aug, 2013 10:20 pm

raveydavey wrote:
stutterdog wrote:
While we are on the subject of fish, I was fishing last week on the Wharfe at the Pool fishery. I made my way onto Castley Ln just over the bridge and motored down to just beyond where Castley Beck comes into the river. The river was quite swollen and I thought never mind,it's nice just to sit by the river. A disturbance in the river ,near my left foot caused me to jump a bit but I didn't see anything . A few seconds later a head popped out of the water 2 ft from my right foot! The creature emerged from the river completely ignoring me! It made it's way off to my right, on the bank. It was black or possibly dark brown. It looked like a stoat but I think it may have been a mink! Are there wild mink on the Wharfe?


Mink were released from a farm in Calderdale a good few years ago by animal rights activists, with the irony that they decimated the indigenous wildlife and spread far and wide, as there are few if any natural predators for them.

It's certainly possible that they may have made it to Wharfedale by now.

Hi Ravey D, I think you must be right about the mink from Calderdale but it seems a long way from Wharfedale. Unless of course stoats have leaned to swim?
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Postby geoffb » Fri 09 Aug, 2013 10:04 am

As an angler I have seen plenty of wild mink in the Wharfe and on the banks, but never an otter, mores the pity. Mink can be aggressive and don't seem scared of humans. As for litter left by anglers, I'm sick of clearing up after anglers, and others on the river banks, unfortunately that stretch of the Wharfe at Castley is free fishing, so not controlled but you still need an EA licence. The club I'm a member of has a motto, leave litter and you will leave the club.
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Postby stutterdog » Fri 09 Aug, 2013 12:05 pm

geoffb wrote:
As an angler I have seen plenty of wild mink in the Wharfe and on the banks, but never an otter, mores the pity. Mink can be aggressive and don't seem scared of humans. As for litter left by anglers, I'm sick of clearing up after anglers, and others on the river banks, unfortunately that stretch of the Wharfe at Castley is free fishing, so not controlled but you still need an EA licence. The club I'm a member of has a motto, leave litter and you will leave the club.

Hello geoffb,
                 I didn't realise that this stretch of the Wharfe was free fishing? I even bought a ticket at the garage at Pool! It was controlled by Leeds Amalg. many years ago when I last fished it. I did in fact buy the ticket with the intention of fishing Knotford lagoon between Otley and Pool but drove up and down the road there and couldn't find the entrance to it! So I had to settle for Castley. When I have previously bought a ticket for the Pool fishery there was a map on it ,telling you where you were entitled to fish but not on the new tickets.Anyway, thanks for that information,I'll save my money next time and not buy a ticket!
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Postby geoffb » Fri 09 Aug, 2013 2:07 pm

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Hello geoffb,
                 I didn't realise that this stretch of the Wharfe was free fishing? I even bought a ticket at the garage at Pool! It was controlled by Leeds Amalg. many years ago when I last fished it. I did in fact buy the ticket with the intention of fishing Knotford lagoon between Otley and Pool but drove up and down the road there and couldn't find the entrance to it! So I had to settle for Castley. When I have previously bought a ticket for the Pool fishery there was a map on it ,telling you where you were entitled to fish but not on the new tickets.Anyway, thanks for that information,I'll save my money next time and not buy a ticket!

Hi SD

Yes it's free from Castley beck inlet down to the bend in the river by the HV cable crossing, some decent Grayling, Trout and Chub to be had. Knotford Lagoon is now very awkward for parking, there is a car park but it's locked, members of LeedsAA have to apply for key. I,m a member of Bradford No 1, which has the rights to smaller lagoon nearer to the Pool road, my claim to fame is that I caught the largest carp in1989 there 25 lb 6 oz.

Fishing is normally free where a river runs adjacent to a road, think its because the local council owns the land.
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Postby Johnny39 » Fri 09 Aug, 2013 4:49 pm

I suggest keeping an eye out for bears while salmon watching. Sorry, just being flippant, take no notice of me, just in a daft mood at the moment. :-)
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Postby hicklingmick » Fri 09 Aug, 2013 5:26 pm

All the private carp fisheries around my area of norfolk have had to install electric fences around the lakes to stop decimation of stock due to otters, after all the dogooding wildlife people thought it would be a good idea to have them swimming in the broads but they seem to like nice juicy carp better than the roach & bream.

Even people in my village who live very close to the broad have had there garden ponds emptied by them and before anybody says it could be herons these ponds were protected with nets.

It may be nice to see otters but they go through a lot of fish each day.
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Postby Jogon » Sat 10 Aug, 2013 12:46 pm

Johnny39 wrote:
I suggest keeping an eye out for bears while salmon watching. Sorry, just being flippant, take no notice of me, just in a daft mood at the moment. :-)


what d'you mean "...at the moment..." Wink

I was waiting at Leeds station Thurs eve and looking over into the river down below at Dark Arches and summat jumped. Gloomy down there so no idea what.

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